Excalibur Gondola – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

The Excalibur Gondola is really two lifts with separate drives and haul ropes but shared cabins.
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Top terminal at the base of the Excelerator Express.
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Downloading entrance at the top terminal.
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View up the line of Stage II.
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Chain-driven transfer from stage I to II.
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The mid-station at Blackcomb Base II.
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Another view of the angle station.
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Bottom station in Whistler Village.
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Loading area and maze.
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Arriving at the mid-station.
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Another view of cabins transferring between the two sections. Each stage can also be run independently.
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This lift has only limited parking and a cabin maintenance facility at Base II.
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Depression tower at the start of Stage II.
Worldbook 2
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry, page 1.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry, page 2.

5 thoughts on “Excalibur Gondola – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

  1. snowbasinlocal12894 September 19, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Why doesn’t this lift have CWA X model cabins? The only 2 doppelmayr gondolas with X model cabins Ive seen are snowbasin’s. all 3 lifts are similar in age.


  2. Owen Natorp December 17, 2018 / 6:47 am

    What’s with the different cabin in pic 1


    • Andy December 17, 2018 / 11:54 am

      The strange looking cabin in pic 1 is an ambulance gondola, used for evacuating seriously injured patients off the mountain. There is room in it for a backboard laid flat, wit ha room for a ski patroller, doctor, or appropriate medical team members.

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  3. AvocadoAndy March 27, 2019 / 7:11 pm

    Here’s another gondola at Whistler that I could see being replaced in years to come. Their original plans were to eventually expand it up all the way to the Rendezvous, and they can no longer do that given that the technology used on this gondola is no longer available. What I imagine they’ll end up doing is replacing this with just another 8 passenger gondola, nothing too fancy, and getting that expansion up to the Rendezvous. I don’t know if that plan is set in stone with the vail acquisition, but if they were to do that, it wouldn’t be unheard of for them to use it during the summer for access to Blackcomb out of Whistler Village. It’s not a long walk to Blackcomb gondola, so maybe not, but there’s a chance.


  4. Donald Reif #SaveDaredevil (@DonaldMReif) April 21, 2019 / 10:15 am

    The Excalibur Gondola and Excelerator Express were built to make accessing Blackcomb from Whistler much more efficient. They replaced a string of three triple chairlifts: Excalibur Stage I replacing Fitzsimmons, Stage II replacing Cruiser, and the Excelerator Express replacing Stoker.


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